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20 South African Music Videos Celebrating Black Love

Here are 20 South African videos that celebrate relationships as well as self-love.

For the month of February, we are celebrating black love and the following South African music videos, old and new, do exactly just that.

Read ahead for 20 SA music videos celebrating both the love shared with a partner and the love for one's self—because they're both equally important.

1. LaSauce "I Do" (ft. Amanda Black)

Priddy Ugly and Bontle Modisele, who star in this video, are goals. Their chemistry is pure and featuring a real-life couple was a great decision from the director of the video.

2 .Psyfo (ft. HHP and Amu) "Double Cross"

One of Psyfo's best songs was also treated to an equally great video, which shows Psyfo and his woman on a road trip in a convertible Mini Cooper.

3. Kabomo "Busisiwe"

"Busisiwe" shows the known fact that love isn't always great—it's a process that involves hurting, healing and forgiveness.

4. AKA "The World Is Yours"

AKA's showing us how this self-care thing is done in the video for "The World Is Yours," which follows him on a vacation in Thailand. It's just him in the clip taking time out, until he's joined by his then-girlfriend Bonang Matheba towards the end.

5. K.O (ft. Nandi Mngoma) "Skhanda Love"

The video for K.O and Nandi Mngoma is a shot film about endurance and as Nandi sings, not allowing any drawback get in-between two people who are in love.

6. Big Nuz "Ntombenhle"

The visuals for "Ntombenhle" depict love in rural Kwazulu Natal. It also celebrates Zulu culture from the outfits to the customs that lead to the traditional wedding.

7. Andy Mkosi "Set It Off"

Andy Mkosi lets us in as she gets intimate with her real life crush Sandy Ndelu. The video consists mostly of close-up shots shot in a monochrome color scheme.

8. YoungstaCPT x Maloon TheBoom "Miyang Stokkie"

Taking inspiration from Dead Prez's "Mind Sex," YoungstaCPT shows an array of women in an intimate setting surrounded by incense sticks. More than anything, what makes this video potent is the mood and the ambience it is able to capture.

9. Shekhinah "Suited"

Shekhinah and her real-life bae have authentic chemistry and they exhibit for the whole world to see in this heart melting video.

10. Kanyi "Ungalibali"

Before self-love was trending, Kanyi made a statement with the video for "Ungalibali," a single from her debut album Iintombi Zifikile. The video is a short film of some sort, in which a record executive tries unsuccessfully to change the artist's image.

11. A-Reece "Mngani"

The video for "Mngani" depicts a teenage love affair with all the light-heartedness you'd associate with two young people in love.

12. Solo (ft. Dineo Moeketsi and Kabomo) "The Frolic"

Solo and Dineo Moeketsi, who are love goals AF, make us jealous as they go on a road trip far away from the city and take a ride in an air balloon.

13. Stogie T "Diamond Walk"

This video is a celebration of love and wealth. Stogie T and his woman (played by the rapper Nadia Nakai) are out in the mall, popping tags, hanging out with friends and teasing each other in the process.

14. Kwesta (ft. Thabsile) "Ngiyaz'fela Ngawe"

In this video, Kwesta shows us the man behind the K1 God or Da King of African Rap—an affectionate father and husband. He hangs out with his wife and daughter and it's all documented for all to see.

15. Sjava "Ekseni"

The video for "Ekseni" depicts a love story set in the apartheid era—it gives a glimpse of the pain black people went through, yet they never stopped living and loving.

16. Driemanskap "Ivamna (Love Portion)"

The Driemanskap quartet kicks it with their women in their hood, Gugulethu, and in different locations for each of their verses.

17. Reason "Top Seven"

Reason and his real-life girlfriend Loot Love give us a glimpse of their relationship as they take some time out of the city and hang out in a private resort.

18. Bucie (ft. Heavy K) "Easy To Love"

A reasonable number of relationships start this way. A guy pursues a woman, but she falls in love with her friend instead. Keep an eye on that third wheeler, who in this video is played by Cassper Nyovest.

19. Jimmy Nevis "7764"

Shot in Athlone, the video for "7764" is a celebration of being a Cape Coloured, a race that is usually depicted in a negative light in mainstream media. If they won't celebrate you, gather your people and celebrate yourself.

20. Patty Monroe "Reminiscing"

In this video, Patty Monroe's lover was busted when the two of them were involved in a robbery. She is seen reminiscing about the couple's glory days aided by some great use of slow motion.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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